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Ron Johnson, former first base coach for the Boston Red Sox passed away Tuesday after a being hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms. He was 64.

Johnson spent 12 years with the Red Sox organization, in Sarasota, Trenton, and as manager in Pawtucket, before serving as the first base coach for the Boston Red Sox in the 2010-2011 season.

“We were devastated to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Ron Johnson,” Red Sox GM Brian O’Halloran said in a statement.

“His kindness, sense of humor, love of family, and passion for the game of baseball stood out among many wonderful qualities. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to RJ’s wife, Daphne, his five children, and the many people inside and outside the game of baseball who loved him.”